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Repairs on the "D-" Pulaski Skyway Start Saturday
The two-year project will affect traffic heading for the Holland Tunnel
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 03:14 PM
Repairs for New Jersey’s Pulaski Skyway start this Saturday, and its Manhattan-bound lanes will be closed for two years.
Jim Simpson, commissioner of the state’s Department of Transportation, says the work will be "very difficult" for the forty thousand drivers who use it every day, but it has to happen now.
"The bridge...is a D minus," he said," and we don’t have the time to do weekends and nights. You know, you wake up one day and you’ve got an 'F' situation. You close the bridge and that’s not gonna be good."
Simpson added that worrying about the condition of the Pulaski is "one of the few things that have been keeping me up at night lately."
His suggestion for drivers: switch to public transportation. New Jersey Transit is adding capacity to accommodate new riders.
Ronnie Hakim, New Jersey Transit's executive director, said now might be a good time to try taking a ferry into New York. And "be patient," she added. "We will try to adjust as we determine what the needs are, but patience is going to be key."
The New Jersey Department of Transportation has a website dedicated to the overhaul, including an animated video about the Skyway construction project and alternate routes.